Appraisals: The Office: Series 2
A group feedback session with Swindon staff annoys Brent when they criticize the slack office and state they preferred Neil as their boss. He invites them to lunch to prove he's funnier than Neil.
During the fire drill Brenda is abandoned in the stairwell in her wheelchair by Gareth and Brent while Tim and Rachel become better acquainted. Dawns jealously shows when Rachel asks Tim out in front of her while Gareth also makes a failed attempt to ask Rachel out.
Brent's lunch with the Swindon staff is a failure and he takes out his frustrations on Neil when he catches him successfully fooling around with staff.The battle lines are drawn as Neil reprimands Brent for telling him off in front of the other staff.
He basically ridicules Dawn's dreams during her appraisal but it's nice to see Brent on the receiving end for once when trying to appraise the stoic personality free zone of big Keith who basically gives him nothing in the review and has filled out exmer as one of his weaknesses on the appraisal form.
It's probably the least cringeworthy packed episode for the second series but still has those moments such as Brent's failed lunch with the new Swindon crowd he again fails to win over and prove he's more of laugh than their old boss. Noticeable that the Swindon lot don't actually offer a lot in terms of conversation and Brent would probably have this over them if he didn't abuse them for being so lacklustre.
Brent's failed attempts are pivotal is he finally has a focus for his frustrations by the end of the episode as the staff all look up to Neil and his resentment boils over to abusing the oblivious and friendly Neil who doesn't stand for his subordinates attitude. The other bubbling development is the office romance as Tim gets asked out by new girl Rachel much to the bitterness of Gareth and the arising jealously of Dawn.
It's hard to figure out who's more deluded, Brent for thinking he's more popular than anyone in the office and getting annoyed as he's faced by the truth that he's a dick or Gareth whose attempts to chat up Rachel boarder on sexual harasssment and reveal his professed knowledge of women to be non existent.
Brent appraising Keith
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